Hey there and welcome to my website! My name is Jan Galvan, a Portrait, and Wedding photographer based in Maryland, USA. I was born and raised in the Philippines but I eventually moved permanently to the United States in 2011. Although I currently live in Maryland, I often do photography work in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Pennsylvania as well.
Like a lot of people, photography started out as a hobby for me. At the onset, I did a lot of landscape and street photography, primarily because I’m a nature lover and a sucker for urban design, but also because it did not involve interacting with people. I was very awkward and reclusive, at first, and I liked the solitude that landscape and street photography offered. Then one day, I decided to come out of my shell and try doing portraits and I completely fell in love. Something about the process of capturing a person’s raw emotion in the moment really captivated me. Plus, I found that I really enjoy the process of conceptualizing and composing my photos and ensuring that all the elements, from the location and lighting, to the model's outfit, pose and expression, coincide to create the perfect shot.
Don’t be fooled, though, I still am quite awkward and still a work in progress in terms of interacting with people but I’m getting better, I must say!
I eventually ventured into Wedding Photography and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, too. Every time I get to cover a wedding, I truly feel honored to be a part of such an intimate occasion. It is during weddings that I get to witness and capture the gleam in people’s eyes as they celebrate one of the happiest days of their lives. It gives a peculiar kind of joy that I can’t easily shake off. Plus, what I love the most is seeing the couple and their family’s reactions when I present the photos I took of them as I can almost picture them reliving the moment in the years to come.
Please feel free to explore my website. I would love to get to know you and work you! Send me a message and we'll discuss the details.
Let's create something wonderful together!
“Jan is fantastic! I've been working with him for two years now and we have shot together many times. He is capable of a wide range of photographic styles, from professional to artistic; I reach out to him whenever I need editorial photos for my style blog, The Primpy Sheep. He's super professional and has a terrific eye for composition and posing. He always gets photos back to me really quickly, and he's a such a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Jan for any photographic needs!”